What Does Economic Struggle Look Like?

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  • My friend came to USA 14 years ago. Left good job to follow her husband. Her husband passed away, her stepchildren went back to their lives and she is all by herself. You don't know what will happen with her if she dosen't find a job soon. Anything to bring in a few dollars to feed and house her. She is in her mid sixties, spunky, qualified, and yet unemployable, apparently. If we want our elders to take care of themselves we have to give them a fighting chance. W Bellevue, WA
  • My grandmother lives in Florida because she has a trailor that is paid for. She wants to move back to ohio where her family lives but couldn't afford to make such a transistion. She wants to end her days with loved ones, but instead lives alone and wishes for us to be closer. Jessica Kenmore, WA
  • A former neighbor had to take a reverse mortgage to get $200 more to live on. The fees involved in doing so cost several thousand dollars right off the top. Heather Watsonville, CA
  • My husband always told me that I would be alright if he died before me. Not true. He didn't hink about inflation and the eonominc situation. He didn't think that gas for home and car would eat up any little money if you have any left after doctor visits and the fact that medicine & co-pays for medical care would rise from $10 to $25 and that having several chronic illnesses required more doctor visits and that social security failed to give raises two years. I cannot keep up with all the rising cost of everything, food, medicine etc. so, I stay put. Semella Lithonia, GA
  • My mom has taken care of a sick husband who passed away ten years ago and from then has been struggling to take care of herself and her mentally disabled daughter and grandson. She worked very hard all her life and never took anytime or did anything for herself. Till this day she is the same way. But now with the economy the way it is her money in any type of retirement 401k etc has diminished as well as Social Security and Medicare health expenses. She continues to take care of her disabled daughter and grandson, but can no longer afford to pay the house note. For the first time in her life she may lose the house and have nowhere to go. Where will the disabled daughter and grandson go? Disability checks are not enough to live on. Melinda Houston, TX
  • I have been a fine artist for forty nine years and whie it hasn't been easy, with ocassional fasting when business got slow, but I've never asked for help. Now with this recession, a business plan I've been working on for years, and planned to put into effect two monthys ago, almost totally died on the vine because the profits I had in other Octobers and Novembers flat out went away. So the money that was going to make me secure isn't available. In fact my regular business bills have me in areers at my bank, so my personal account is too, and there isn't anything I can do about either.
    My Social Security just covers my studio rent with about $100 left over, and I live in my studio, so I'm no longer sure what I'm going to live on. I think, I hope this is temporary, so that's the kind of assistance I'm hoping to get. Right now I have $10.00 in cash and enough potatos, eggs and V8 Juice to last for about two weeks. I'm 80 years old and for my age I'm exceptionally active physically and mentally. so this setback has caught me completely off guard.
    Thank you for perhaps helping.
    Daniel New Orleans,, LA
  • I lost my last regular job about three years ago under what I thought were very suspicious circumstances. Have batted depression ever since, as the only work I have been able to get is part-time very occasional. Technology has made so many jobs obsolete, and this is an angle that doesn't come up in policy discussions as often as it should. Seniors should become more involved in the Occupy movement as it affects them very severely. Have dream of publishing a book, but the cost of doing so is prohibitive. Brian Villa Park, IL
  • I thought I was making sound decisions, doing things right back before this recession was brought down on us by the actions of greedy bankers and "for sale" politicians (in my opinion), back when home financing was so much easier and so many people were buying more house than they could afford, I bought a small 1959 fixer-upper. I had a good job with the University and planned on staying there until I reached retirement.
    I was as frugal as I could be, most of the time... never owned a car that wasn't at least ten, or more, years old. When I took vacation time from work, I never went anywhere, instead using my funds to work on my house. Rather than hiring pros to work on my house I would do the work myself, while living in the house.

    In December 2010, at the age of 61, I was laid off from the University. I was sooo close to having enough money saved to make some major progress on the house; but now, coming up on being unemployed for one year, I've had to use that money to get by. Much of the house is torn apart, most critically the kitchen and bathrooms, but it also is extremely energy inefficient. A good example is the fact that the HVAC system was made by Singer. Previous to buying this house, I only knew them as a manufacturer of sewing machines. The house really needs to have all the original, awning style windows replaced as well. I don't know how I'm going to get my house finished now.

    On top of that, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and potential cardio issues about three years ago. I now find myself without any kind of health care and unable to afford my medications, the monthly costs of which went from about $50 a month to nearly $400 a month when I lost the health care at work. At sixty-two I obviously have a few years to go before I can obtain Medicare coverage.

    It is my belief that between narcistic politicians in Congress, the fact that more and more countries are competing for world resources the U.S. once dominated with relative ease, and most of all, the 1% who are getting richer and richer as quickly as the middle class is being pushed into poverty; there is really not much hope left for the millions of people like myself.

    The American Dream is a farce; propaganda perpetuated by the corporate controlled media. The 1% has stolen our democracy. The fact is, we live in a corporatocracy ! If you don’t believe me, look it up yourself.

    Does the following sound at all familiar.
    “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
    John Gainesville, FL
  • I am 65 and have been disabled since 1986. In 1994 my father purchased a house for me; in 2008 it was damaged severely by Hurricane Ike. There was a tree in my bedroom, and the roof leaked in nearly every room. I filed a claim with Allstate Insurance, and their initial check was $98.85. After months and months and many appeals they finally paid a total of about $12,000 (minus a $3,000 deductible) on $58,000 worth of damages. I had the roof replaced but have been unable to live in the house for the past three years. I have filed a lawsuit, but Allstate says since I accepted their 'final' payment, I have no recourse. They have never paid anything for temporary living expenses. All my belongings are still in the house and I'm living with my mother (out of boxes), who is 92 and in failing health, under hospice care; I am her primary caregiver. I am desperate to fix my house so I can live in it again, but nobody has any solutions to offer. I was working but was laid off in July and haven't been able to find another job (I'm 65 and an accountant). How can Allstate get away with this kind of abuse? They were happy to take my premiums, on time, every month, but when it came time to satisfy my claim, the adjuster told me, "I don't care what you do, I'm not giving you another dime." It's been three years, and still nothing. I really need some help. I broke my neck in 2003 and cannot do physical labor myself, so I need to hire this work to be done. Wall photo Judy Conroe, TX
  • I worked for 36years and paid off my mobile home, my car and my credit cards. The park owner is trying to close the pard without paying fair market value! My rent has doubled! I medical is going up anoth $200 next year and everything else has gone up in price. I though I was doing the right thing by buying something that I could afford but now is could be kicked out of my home without compensation. Mary Capitola, CA